An innovative choral project, the Concert Choir, has brought together 150 singers from South and West Yorkshire, plus a 17-piece orchestra, for their first-ever performances together.
The singers have been taking part in three months of rehearsals to learn and then perform two well-known choral works, Faure’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
The singers between them perform in 28 Yorkshire choirs, including Thurgoland Community Choir and Penistone Ladies Choir.
Music directors are Jane Hobson and Daniel Timmins.
Jane said: “This short project will give people an opportunity to perform something they thought they would never perform, but without having to make a long-term commitment. It is what I love… my absolute joy is to have the privilege of bringing people together to make music.”
The intention right from the start was to take the Concert Choir on tour overseas. Given the choice of Malta or New York, Malta proved the more popular venue.
Following concerts in Sheffield and Wakefield, the choir will sing there three times in late May.
Dan said: “My ethos is about encouraging and empowering all to achieve and fulfil their musical potential. Developing people’s lifelong passion and life-changing experiences through music is most rewarding.
“That’s why we have embarked upon an ambitious project to take over 100 people to Malta and showcase the hard work from our communities coming together in a variety of stunning performance venues.”
The Sheffield performance takes place at Sheffield Cathedral at 7.30pm on Saturday, May 4. Tickets are £15, available at the cathedral shop, on the cathedral website www.sheffieldcathedral.org, or by email to email@example.com